August 20, 2014
Welcome to Cape Town, South Africa’s Mini-Hollywood
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
Best we start searching for a prime location for Cape Town’s very own Hollywood Walk of Fame – especially since this August, our cinematic Mother City is filled to the brim with Tinseltown’s finest actors!
Our star-studded guest list reads like an Oscar nominee roll call – Claire Danes, Javier Bardem, Charlize Theron, Sean Penn, Penelope Cruz, Colin Firth, Sascha Baron Cohen and Rebel Wilson have all been spotted out and about on our glittering streets, between filming their latest projects.
While Danes completes filming on the latest season on her hit TV thriller, Homeland, and Penn, Cruz, Bardem and Theron wrap up their dramatic collaboration, The Last Face; comedians Cohen and Wilson are shooting scenes for their World Cup themed movie, Grimsby.
The dashing Firth is in town for the feature film “Eye in the Sky”, alongside hit series Game of Thrones actor Iain Glen.
In typical laidback Capetonian fashion, our locals barely bat an eyelash when casually running into these celluloid artists (except me – I’m a HUGE celeb stalker!) and this is exactly what makes the Mother City a desirable celebrity destination. Visiting stars can relax and enjoy our sunny shores, amazing bars and vibrant markets without being mobbed by overzealous fans.
There really is no need to go all TMZ, though, when images of our visiting celebs are so readily available on social media:
Charlize Theron and Sean Penn were spotted taking in a show at the Baxter Theatre last week:
Sascha Baron-Cohen was snapped filming a scene in colourful Bo-Kaap:
Our gorgeous hometown is no stranger to the camera, having been the star of Hollywood blockbusters Safe House, Invictus and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, as well as the set for the Katie Holmes and Meryl Streep feature, The Giver. Having Cape Town as a sought after film location comes as no surprise to the Cape Film Commission, though.
“It’s hectic actually, it’s very very busy at the moment - it's keeping everybody on their toes. We’re just coming into film making season too. But I think it’s just a reflection of how well thought of the film industry is in South Africa,” says the Commission’s Denis Lillie.
Welcome to Cape Town, Hollywood!
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